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2009-05-22 08:35:00

Officials at Chicago's Brookfield Zoo say they have already taken steps to find a new companion for their lone elephant, Christy.

2008-12-26 16:35:43

Officials at the Cranbrook Institute of Science in suburban Detroit said the world's oldest known bat in captivity celebrated his 23rd birthday Friday. Rob Mies, director of the Bloomfield Hills, Mich., institute's Organization for Bat Conservation, said the 23-year-old winged mammal, Tanner, is a rare

2008-08-14 00:00:07

n Erie, Pa. Officials at the Erie Zoo say one of their new Amur tigers is too shy to explore a new $500,000 exhibit. Nikki, a 370-pound male tiger, has refused to come out of his den into the public exhibit since it opened two months ago.

2008-03-20 09:00:00

Veterinarian Kathryn Gamble sat next to a table in Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo Hospital the other day polishing the big, sharp teeth of an anesthetized black leopard with bubble-gum flavored toothpaste.

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2008-03-17 00:00:00

The next time you visit the zoo, the animals may be in better health than ever. Zoo nutritionists are changing the diets of gorillas, polar bears, monkeys, and elephants all over the country.

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2006-11-23 10:40:56

The Brookfield Zoo announced this week the birth of a baby okapi - an endangered African animal that looks as if it were put together by committee.

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2005-12-21 08:15:54

Jenny, Shamba, Timbo, Beta and Elaine are zoo gorillas, but they have something in common with millions of women: They have undergone menopause.

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2004-12-08 13:21:16

After Babs the gorilla died at age 30, keepers at Brookfield Zoo decided to allow surviving gorillas to mourn the most influential female in their social family.


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Okapi, Okapia johnstoni
2012-10-01 08:48:10

The okapi (Okapia johnstoni) is a species within the Giraffidae family that can be found in Central Africa. Its native range includes the Ituri Rainforest, which can be found to the northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This species is most closely related to the giraffe, despite its resemblances to the zebra. Its habitat varies slightly depending on the area of its range. It occurs in swamps in the southeast, montane forests in the east, savannahs in the north, and woodlands in...

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